ALRM is a community-controlled organisation that provides pro bono legal services to the indigenous peoples of South Australia in civil and criminal matters. ALRM was founded in 1972 after a number of former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people joined forces to develop specific legal services for Indigenous Australians who have been abused by the criminal justice system, including police brutality. They also campaigned for land rights and against racial discrimination. [2] The Aboriginal Community Centre Inc. and the Council of Aboriginal Women of South Australia were instrumental in its creation, and the ALRM was established in 1973 and received Aud 22,000 in Commonwealth government funding through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. [3] The organisation`s motto is “Justice without prejudice”, with its vision as “pursuing social justice, equality and well-being for The Aborigines of South Australia, particularly for Aboriginal people who are in police custody or incarcerated”. [3] To this end, ALRM REPRESENTATIVES sit on various committees and are associated with ministries and others, including the Ministry of Corrections and the South Australian Police and the Ministry of the Attorney General. They try to explain the impact of different laws on Indigenous peoples and cultural differences from non-Indigenous peoples. The Black Lives Matter 2020 movement in the United States has once again highlighted Indigenous deaths in custody, an issue pursued by ALRM.

CEO Axleby says she would like to see a huge reduction in the number of Indigenous peoples in the justice system and the number of children removed from their families under Families SA`s child protection policy. [2] CM: What will ALRM do in the future? CA: We are trying to create opportunities for the rights of Indigenous peoples to be properly recognized. We are also committed to changing the laws that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We also educate internally and raise awareness of First Nations issues. We will continue to do so as an Aboriginal legal service. The development of an Aboriginal legal service in South Australia controlled by the Aboriginal community was part of a national movement to improve the legal and civil rights of Aboriginal people who were over-represented in the criminal justice system. We have stood up for land rights, that is, land rights for our people and civil rights to discrimination. This meant that people could actually understand things when they were discriminated against in a legal context. The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services Centre (ATSILS) in South Australia that provides pro bono legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the state. It is headquartered in Adelaide, with offices in Ceduna, Port Augusta and Port Lincoln.

It is an independent organisation run by a board of directors of all Australian Aborigines, which also acts as a lobby group to advocate for justice for Aboriginal people and to deliver programmes to address issues that increase the likelihood of Aboriginal people facing the criminal justice system. [1] The 1. In July 2020, South Australian Attorney General Vickie Chapman announced that the state government would introduce an official custodial notification service (CNS) after Labour`s spokesman for Aboriginal affairs, Kyam Maher, wrote to Prime Minister Steven Marshall in June that he would submit a bill to Parliament to legally mandate the service. [5] This would require SAPOL, by law, to notify the ALRM when an Indigenous person is taken into custody. This had been done informally for some time, but the legal requirement “would help ensure that Aboriginal people receive culturally appropriate support for their well-being and basic legal advice as soon as possible after their imprisonment.” Ordering the measure would also mean that if a public servant refuses or fails to comply, he or she “could be subject to disciplinary proceedings”[6] under the Police and Discipline Complaints Act 2016. [5] [7] This decision was welcomed by the ALRM, which had been advocating it for years. [8] The Summary Offences Amendment (On-Call Notification Service) Regulations, 2020 were published on July 2, 2020. [9] CM: How did the ALRM come about? CA: ALRM was founded in 1972 by a grassroots movement where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander seniors came together to develop specific Aboriginal legal services because our people were treated before the law.

From 2021, ALRM will be funded by the Federal Government, the Attorney General of South Australia, the Federal Attorney General, the South African Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and other ministries. Private sponsors include Commonwealth Bank and Wyatt Trust. [4] CM: Why doesn`t this happen anymore? CA: The department stopped him. Indigenous child-rearing practices are somewhat different from traditional family practices. This is not negative. We see this as a reinforcement and a way to strengthen accountability, but it is not taken into account. Then we have a coroniale inquiry that produces recommendations on how things can be improved and aligned with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. But there were 339 recommendations that were not fully implemented in this report. I know there weren`t many in South Australia. In 1980, the Council of Elders visited Pitjantjatjara in Adelaide and camped in Pakapakanthi Victoria Park to protest the state government`s decision to open part of its land to mineral exploration. Images: South Australian State Library CM: How does racism influence politics? CA: It`s not racism.

There is a one-size-fits-all approach, but not all of us are people. We do not speak the same language; we have different dialects; We have different customs.